Hiking may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Palm Springs. However, there are some pawsome trails in the surrounding foothills. A hike on Shannon Trail gives you and your pup a great workout, as well as picturesque views of the Coachella Valley.
Reaching the beginning of Shannon Trail is a bit tricky; there is a short hike to get to the actual trailhead. Park in Palm Canyon Wash off Araby Drive, then walk about a quarter mile and turn left. When you see the Palm Springs Trail sign, follow the switchbacks up to Shannon Trail. Now you can begin your hike!
This trail starts with a bang. Follow the trail as it ascends about 800 feet in less than a mile. While you’re huffing and puffing, notice the amazing views and desert scenery. A couple switchbacks make the climb mildly more bearable, but you may have to stop for a few water breaks. About 1.5 miles from the start, you come to a hairpin turn. Paws here and look for the former estate of Bob Hope. It’s circular and has a gray roof. Plus, stopping for a minute is a good excuse to give your pal a drink of water. After that, a narrow ridge leads you to the top of the hill where you’ll enjoy even more puptacular views. Since Shannon Trail links to a few different trails, you can extend your hike if your pup still has energy to burn. It’s common to use Shannon Trail to create a loop with nearby Earl Henderson and Garstin Trails.
Make sure you have more than enough water for you and
your four legged hiking buddy. If you can, hike this trail in the early morning
or evening, and never during the summer. Test the sand to make sure it’s not
too hot for your pal. Above all else, enjoy spending quality time with your pup
in the Palm Springs wilderness!